An ad hoc working group is to be sent to Chile by the United Nations Human Rights Commission to investigate the continuing allegations of detention and torture against the military junta which seized power in September, 1973.
GV EXT. U.N. building (MUTE)
CU INT. Ghulam Chairman of working group on Chile, speaking
SV Newsmen (MUTE)
CU Allana continues speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 4: ALLANA: "We will be visiting that country in the beginning of July, 1975, with the willing consent of the Government of Chief, who have promised the working group all assistance necessary to assure the members of the group are able to interview, in Chile, whoever they wish, and to visit any place that they may choose to do. I wish to make it emphatically clear that we will be visiting Chile with an open mind, without any preconceived ideas or prejudices. Objectivity and strict impartiality shall be the binding principles of the members of the group in arriving at their final conclusions. I am confident that we will fulfil the pledge that I have made to the Commission on behalf of the group that out reports will record and reflect the truth as we will assess it, and nothing but the truth."
ALLANA: "I think there is an essential difference between the members of the group and the reading public. The reading public have the option to believe or not to believe. We as the members of the group have to have complete objectivity to be accepted. We shall certainly need it, as we are gathering testimony. We shall certainly gather testimony, but that does not mean that because the testimony comes to us we must believe it. We must have an open mind. To do this report, we have to make inquiries, assess each information that we get at its proper value, and then come to the conclusions."
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Background: An ad hoc working group is to be sent to Chile by the United Nations Human Rights Commission to investigate the continuing allegations of detention and torture against the military junta which seized power in September, 1973.
The Chairman of the group, Mr. Gulam Ali Allan, told a news conference on Friday (27 June) that the Chile Government promised to co-operate when the group begins its investigations in July.
He said "objectivity and strict impartiality" would be the group's guiding principles.
According to information collected by the Roman Catholic Church in Chile, the number of people still being arrested without warrant, subjected to brutal interrogations and in some cases dying as a result, has increased.
The information has been collected by the Committee of Co-operation for Peace in Chile, which is sponsored by the Catholic Church, Protestant sects and the Jewish community.
According to the committee, the number of people arrested for political reasons increased by 46 percent in April compared with March, and 1,500 people were detained in Santiago against 1,000 in March.
None of the arrested people have appear in court so far, and no word of their whereabouts has been received by their relatives or the committee.